Wonderful, faithful Steam (whom we all love), is getting a redesign

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#1 Posted by uninspiredcup (33717 posts) -

New "collections" and advanced tag searches will let you sort games more easily. And it looks nicer.

After years of rumors and leaked mockup images, it's finally happening: Steam's library is getting a new look. This isn't a full-on redesign of Steam in its entirety, so the store and other parts of the interface aren't changing as far as we know. In its keynote at GDC on Thursday, Valve showed off the new library view, highlighting a redesigned page with large game thumbnails and more categorization around what's going on with your games.

"The biggest thing we're introducing is the Steam library homepage," said Valve's Alden Kroll. "This provides an opportunity for players to see 'what else is happening in the games that I play?'"

Some key elements of the new library view:

  • The friends list is now integrated into a right-hand column
  • The top module shows recent games you've been playing with a library view reminiscent of Plex or the Apple TV
  • The rest of your collection is shown with nice vertical thumbnails that can be scaled to show larger icons or more games
  • The left-hand games list has a new look but is fairly similar to the existing design

The biggest new feature for the library, at least in terms of functionality, is an extension of the tags Steam has been using on the store for several years. Those tags now carry over to the library page, and you can perform an advanced search using several tags to drill down through your games. The cool addition here is that you can save a tag search as a "collection" of similar games, like, say, "Ninja Action."

The library detail page for individual games (see image below) has also been reworked, with a cleaner layout prioritizing recent updates or livestreams for the game at the top of the page. Below that is an activity feed with recent actions from your friends list. The right-hand friends list carries over but will highlight any friends currently active in that game at the moment. Below your friends list are DLC, achievements, trading cards, and screenshots.

Valve didn't announce a release date for the new library view, but told me over email that it's aiming for a beta release this summer.

The library redesign news follows the recent launch of Steam Link Anywhere for on-the-go streaming and Valve opening up the Steam network infrastructure it uses for CS:GO and Dota to all games on the platform. As part of its talk on Thursday, the company also showed off a new page on Steam for promoting in-game events. Read more about it here.

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#2 Posted by MonsieurX (39140 posts) -

Better than the forum's new UI

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#3 Posted by SaltSlasher (1152 posts) -

I wanted an overhaul, but I would have taken trilogies instead.

If Steam asked not to use Epic I would in trade for such things.

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#4 Posted by uninspiredcup (33717 posts) -

Graying out, against gray.

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#5 Posted by Howmakewood (5934 posts) -

What year is this?

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#6 Posted by Basinboy (13903 posts) -

Looks bad

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#7 Posted by SchnabbleTab (1488 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:

Better than the forum's new UI

Yeah, what happened here? I've been away for a few months and suddenly this place looks like ass...well even more than is used to be.

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#8 Posted by DaVillain- (36951 posts) -

Valve can hire good Programmers but Gamespot can't? Gamespot is a Joke!

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#9 Posted by KBFloYd (21859 posts) -

so competition from EPIC was good for valve users

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#10 Posted by Chutebox (44660 posts) -
@MonsieurX said:

Better than the forum's new UI

That high bar.

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#11 Posted by That_Old_Guy (1236 posts) -

Grey is the new Avengers:Endgame.

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#12 Posted by dagubot (1341 posts) -
@SchnabbleTab said:
@MonsieurX said:

Better than the forum's new UI

Yeah, what happened here? I've been away for a few months and suddenly this place looks like ass...well even more than is used to be.

Yeah, this new layout of the forums is lame as hell and when I scroll up and down the comments it like shifts for a second either up or down; depending on which way I'm scrolling.

As for the new Steam UI it doesn't look too bad.

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#13 Edited by uninspiredcup (33717 posts) -

@KBFloYd said:

so competition from EPIC was good for valve users

This was production for years. Been a few mock ups leaked, including a Netflix integrated one. Which I'm guessing has now been dropped.

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#14 Posted by dzimm (5494 posts) -

@KBFloYd said:

so competition from EPIC was good for valve users

This has nothing to do with Epic.

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#15 Posted by ProtossRushX (5445 posts) -
@MonsieurX said:

Better than the forum's new UI

THIS WHY DID THEY REDESIGN the forums

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#16 Edited by jeezers (3019 posts) -

God that title is gross, in all honesty ive used steam for almost 16 years and no I dont "love" steam, steam is a launcher, I cared about valve not steam, the only reason I downloaded steam was for valves games not steam, steam is like walmart, a distribution company of other companies products, I could care less about steams UI, give me a good game by valve.

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#17 Posted by Mandzilla (4111 posts) -

Will it be less laggy though?

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#18 Edited by I_P_Daily (12051 posts) -

@ProtossRushX said:
@MonsieurX said:

Better than the forum's new UI

THIS WHY DID THEY REDESIGN the forums

Gamespot is trying to make it look as shitty as your posts lol.

PS...Hopefully you realise how shitty your posts are now.

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#19 Edited by XVision84 (16252 posts) -

Steam is great